The fight for Mariupol…..
Other parts of the Ukraine (Northern) are trying to get back to some sort of normal…..
And some Ukrainaians ARE returning to the country they left….
“The enemy is trying to suppress the last resistance of the defenders of Mariupol,” Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video posted to Telegram. “Our defenders are withstanding it, despite a very difficult situation, and are even carrying out counter maneuvers.” Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly ordered his forces Thursday not to storm the site but to seal it off.
The renewed focus on Mariupol came after Zelensky warned late Friday that Russia poses a threat to more countries in the region, cautioning that the invasion of Ukraine was “intended only as a beginning” and that the Russians “want to capture other countries.” Zelensky made the remark after a Russian commander said the Kremlin intends to establish a path through Ukraine to a breakaway territory in Moldova. Moscow declined to confirm whether this was official policy; some analysts said they doubt that Russia has the capability.
A flurry of diplomatic endeavors to end the war continues, even as Russia claims that talks with Ukraine have stalled. U.N. Secretary General António Gutierrez heads to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Putin, before visiting Ukraine on Thursday for discussions with Zelensky. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has hosted a previous round of peace talks, plans to call Putin and Zelensky in the coming days to push for a leaders’ summit in Istanbul.